Camera-Ready Art: Artwork that requires no editing and is ready to be scanned for film output. Production ready art or typography that requires no revisions.
Capillary Film: A light sensitive film used to create a stencil. The film is adhered to a screen with water by capillary action or by adhering with emulsion. Available in various thicknesses for different mesh types and production needs. How to apply MS-Capillary Film: Click HERE to see video>
Catalyst: A chemical additive added to ink to improve the adhesion properties. Commonly used for example in nylon ink to adhere to slick nylon fabrics. Also used in industrial inks for ultimate durability.
.cdr: An image format used by Corel’s vector image drawing application CorelDraw.
Choke: To reduce the thickness of the outer edge of an image or type so that the print colors will not overlap. Commonly used on solid vector base plates to prevent the white base plate from appearing on the edge of a color overprint.
Clip Art: Vector or bitmap art used as design aids in the creation of artwork.
Clogging: When ink dries and clogs the mesh opening and prevents ink from passing through the mesh making it difficult to get a complete print.
Coater: A metal trough used to dispense or coat a screen with emulsion. Also known as a Scoop Coater. View image of coater below.
Color Change Ink: A plastisol or water base ink that appears a different color when viewed by indoors versus outdoor light as well as thermo-chromatic inks that change by heat. A mood ring is one example of thermo-chromatic inks.
Colorfast: When the ink on a garment has the ability to hold its colors over repeated washings.
Composite Image: Image which was created from several separate images.
Contract Printing: Per print pricing where garments are supplied by the customer and the printer produces the screen printing or embellishment work to each piece.
Contrast: The degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of an image.
Cool Down: After a print has been flashed cured, allowing the print to cool down in temperature. This is a necessity on automatic presses to avoid ‘hot tack’ of the base plate where it is too hot for the next print and needs a ‘cool down’ station to reach optimum temperature.
Cool-down Station: A designated print head for a flashed plastisol print to cool down on a rotary press.
Copy: A term for an image or artwork.
Copyright: The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the artwork and or print. See copyright symbol below.
Crock Test: Test when a print is rubbed or subjected to abrasion in which the print should remain intact.
Cure: Using heat to completely fuse or cure plastisol ink, to evaporate all water for water base, or to achieve complete discharging of a fabric with discharge inks.
Cyan: A greenish-blue color used in color printing. It is one of the primary colors in an inkjet printer. It is the ‘C’ color in a 4/Color Process print of CYMK. See Cyan Hex Triplet: #00FFFF color below.